It was good... it was very, very good! From the NOLA side step to the spring drive through three states with one beautiful sweep of wildflowers after another. Two audio books held my attention and made the miles fly by. And then the welcoming hugs by both old and new friends at Colony... everyone needs a peer group like this to touch base with over the years! The guest artist, Harry Ally, was right up my alley... delighted to make his acquaintance and that of his artist wife, Suzanne (a new blog and Facebook friend!)
The painting went well... at least I proved to myself that oils are still a possibility, but I don't feel a strong pull in that direction... mainly just got it out of my system for the time being. Face facts, I couldn't find anything that suggested that oils would contribute anything to my process that acrylics couldn't do quicker, just as well and more intuitively. We're talking about MY process here... no offense to you oil enthusiasts out there, I admire it and wouldn't be continuously trying to make it work for me if I didn't appreciate the quality. But I've yet to make oil magic happen for me.
So here I am... home, but slightly still in transit. I'm pleased, very pleased, to have been awarded the important Purchase Award blue ribbon for work that has not been appreciated on it's round of galleries and had been absorbed into my own personal collection... you know the type, you love it and see it's worth but it's sales potential is, um... well... I was told that the corporation that sponsored the award has a really fine contemporary collection and will be happy with the judge's selection. I feel good about it's new home.
Now to figure out what's next...